Finally I made the effort to completely get rid of my Facebook Account. After initially getting a Facebook Account in the very early days (as an ‘occupational hazard’ to investigate the potential of Facebook Applications) I have always been suspicious of the companies motives and decided not to use such a closed system as a base for application development.
Recent developments have only confirmed this suspision:
Instead I will concentrate all of my content inside this blog (including as a backup for other social services I create). I believe the control over my own content is important enough for me to warrant the extra effort.
As the saying goes: ‘You are not a Facebook User – you are the Product’
One of the most annoying things in the recent ‘upgrade‘ of the Google Docs editor was the removal of the ‘Edit CSS’ and ‘Edit HTML’ functionality without any replacement (such as a Custom Styles Editor).
If you have kids going to school you will know these questions:
Why can’t you have Microsoft Office ?
I can not find ‘xyz’ font on this …. – why ?
I have managed (after some time) to convince my kids that there is no need for having a particular Word Processing Software and they are much better off knowing the concepts of text processing rather than some particular office package. Unfortunately I have had no look convincing many teachers that they should follow a similar principle ….
However the second is a bit harder as some schools specify the font that has to be used (go figure). The fact that this might not be available for all and choosing an open font family has obviously not occurred to many schools.
Hence the need to install some of these fonts:
sudo apt-get install msttcorefonts
#to refresh the font cache (or you can reboot)
sudo fc-cache -fv
Keeping mail on a local machine does not make sense when working across a large number of different (vitual) devices. As a GoogleApps user I have long preferred browser based mail client as my default.
Unfortunately this is not yet a very straight process on most Operating Systems and Ubuntu is no difference.
Edit: all the commands need to be run with root privileges. so either run “sudo su” or prefix all with “sudo ” (thanks to Paul for the comment below)
Remove Evolution (thanks to Grant Likely for the comment below)
apt-get remove evolution evolution-indicator
apt-get install gnome-gmail
Create entry for gnome-gmail using your preferred text editor and copy the following into the created file:
#insert this line
Edit this file: /usr/share/applications/gnome-gmail.desktop and add the following line: